Businesses today are enjoying greater data capacity and processing power than ever before thanks to rapid advances in technology. This is revolutionizing the way that we do business and companies of all sizes are benefiting from the efficiency and productivity gains that are necessary for success in an increasingly competitive environment. Your IT network is the foundation of your organization, keeping communications running and keeping your business connected to partners and clients. At the core of your network is your cabling infrastructure, a system that ties everything together and dictates the speeds at which your environment functions. Proper cabling increases the overall efficiency of technology, making it a valuable investment with high ROI potential. Learn everything you need to know about cabling in this guide.

What Are the Hindrances of Inadequate Cabling?

network cabling eningeerAlthough cabling usually only accounts for a small portion of network deployment costs, studies indicate that up to 70% of network problems are caused by poor cabling practices or components. Inadequate cabling leads to lower performance, increased maintenance, an unreliable network, and less productivity. Since the average life-span for a cable system is 10 years, it is very important to ensure that the initial cable deployment is done properly and with reliable equipment. Some issues that can affect the quality of your cabling include: not following industry standards, poor design, installation by non-professionals, and missing or badly written documentation.

As your business grows and your network infrastructure evolves, you may discover that it’s time for a cabling upgrade. Oftentimes networks experience haphazard growth as business owners add pieces of network hardware – of varying quality and from differing manufacturers – one at a time. This causes network performance to slowly degrade as each new device is patched into the system.

At some point, the network will no longer support the traffic your users generate, despite the “upgrades” you’ve made. If you are finding that your network infrastructure is no longer able to meet your business needs, your IT partner can help you implement a carefully planned cabling upgrade.

Why Businesses Should Use Structured Cabling

In today’s information and communication driven world, technology infrastructure is more important than ever. Cabling is the backbone of your network and its reliability, efficiency, and organization is key to your network’s dependability. Structured cabling is a type of infrastructure that utilizes best-practices for design and construction to support peak performance. It provides a reliable, versatile, and cost-effective solution to a wide range of communication requirements and we recommend it for most types of businesses.

Prior to the existence of structured cabling, businesses used point-to-point cabling which directly connected one component of a network directly to another component using a cable. However, as businesses grow this would cause problems as the network expands in size and complexity, requiring these cables to span larger distances, connect more devices, and transfer information quicker. Maintaining these older point-to-point cabling systems, along with the thousands of cords necessary to operate them, places a big strain on a company’s IT resources.

To alleviate this strain, many companies have switched to a structured cabling system. Instead of connecting each individual component of a network directly to another, a structured cabling system connects the servers and storage units directly to a communication backbone. Local cabling panels are installed throughout the office and connected to the communication backbone with a single cable. Users can then connect devices to the entire network by simply plugging a cable into the closest panel.

The Benefits of Structured Cabling

Structured cabling is an investment in your business that offers many advantages. Some of the greatest benefits include future-proofing your investment, the simplicity and flexibly offered, and a reduction in downtime.

Future Proof Investment

With the constant advances in technology, it is important to have a system that is adaptable and scalable. When you switch to a structured cabling system, you’re helping to future-proof your network. You can rest assured that your network infrastructure won’t become outdated and will support new devices as your business grows. Structured cabling’s scalable and highly flexible network provides a continuous flow of information and can cope with the high demands that today’s organizations demand. This in turn will boost productivity across the board.

Structured cabling solutions enable your business to make updates easily with minimal risk to the infrastructure. This makes structured cabling a worthwhile investment when it comes to preparing for the future. The system also reduces power (thus utility) and maintenance costs driving long-term value.

Simplicity and Flexibility

Structured network cabling brings greater simplicity and flexibility to your infrastructure, making maintenance of any kind much quicker and easier. Moves, additions, and changes can be implemented quickly without disorganized wires getting in the way, dramatically reducing installation time and ensuring optimum adaptability to any network infrastructure changes. The odds of human error decrease which allows for IT funds and compan